You don’t require a building permit to widen a driveway, but you do need to follow these regulations.
Widening a driveway
The zoning of your property will dictate how wide your driveway can be and the minimum landscaped soft area required. To find your zone, check the zoning restrictions for your property.
If you’re widening your driveway on the boulevard or where your driveway meets the street, you need to request a new curb cut (access modification).
General driveway requirements
The by-law has general provisions that apply to all properties, they dictate requirements for walkways, setback to property lines and other restrictions for driveways. Check the general provisions for driveways and parking in subsection 4.1.9 of the Zoning By-law.
Review the general provisions, and then check the zoning regulations for your property. If something in the general provisions conflicts with the zoning regulations for your property, follow the zoning regulations.
You can find information on surface treatment in article 18.104.22.168 of the Zoning By-law.
Zoning information sheet
This information sheets may help you understand the by-law restrictions for driveways.
You can only park on your driveway or in your garage. You cannot park on your lawn.
If you need more information, please call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).